The Galloway News - - SPORTS -

YOUTH RUGBY Ste­wartry may have been on the wrong end of a heavy score­line in their West Un­der 16s cup match at Braid­holm but they came away with many pos­i­tives.

GHA were left in no doubt that they had been in a game and were made to work hard for all their points although their large squad with big strong play­ers had a part in the win.

Ste­wartry’s scrum­mage was pow­er­ful and strong, as was the ruck­ing, and they un­leashed some pow­er­ful run­ning and im­pres­sive tack­ling. But the side has to pro­duce the highs for 70 min­utes, not just 20.

Early stub­born tack­ling kept GHA at bay but even­tu­ally the con­tin­u­ous as­sault be­came two much and Ste­wartry leaked six tries in the first 25 min­utes.

A brave fight­back saw the Green­law boys re­tain pos­ses­sion for the next 15 min­utes, driv­ing and ruck­ing strongly us­ing the big run­ners, Zak Hunter, Paddy Traynor, An­drew Bow­den, Ciaran White and Fraser Gibson.

Some clever snip­ing round the scrum at half­back by Pa­trick Kelly and Kerr Dal­rym­ple made valu­able ground at times.

Ex­cel­lent ruck­ing by Rory Sin­clair and Rob­bie Briggs helped Ste­wartry to get a five me­tre scrum af­ter some in­dis­cre­tions by the GHA play­ers.

Pa­trick Kelly fed the ball to Zak who drove pow­er­fully through tack­les to score near the posts just on half time.

An­gus Laing, Kieran Brand, Cal­lum Mc­Clure and the Connor twins all put in brave tack­ling dis­plays.

How­ever, GHA added five more tries in a sec­ond half de­spite more stub­born de­fend­ing by the Ste­wartry lads. Fi­nal score 78-5.

Ice champs Gal­loway Cup win­ners Brian McColm, Alex Fer­gus­son, Ian Kirkpatric­k and An­drew Sharp with Janette Sloan pre­sent­ing the tro­phy.

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